Judge allows Daniels to leave jail

A Webster County judge has allowed Vanita Daniels to be released from jail without posting bond while awaiting trial.

However, Daniels, 24, of Fort Dodge was also ordered to sign up for pre-trial supervision with the Department of Correctional Services.

Previously, she was being held in the Webster County Jail on $10,000 bond after being charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of her brother, Marcquis Collier, 19, of Fort Dodge.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A bond review was held on June 2.

At that hearing, Daniels testified that if she were released, she would continue to appear in court when she was supposed to. She added that she would stay with her grandmother if released.

First Assistant Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson argued against release, calling Daniels a “flight risk.”

Daniels was arrested on May 9, the same day she allegedly stabbed Collier in the chest with a knife at 1407 First Ave. N.

Emergency responders arrived on scene at 11:22 a.m. and found Collier laying in the front yard. He was treated at the scene before being taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Daniels was represented by Joseph McCarville, a public defender, but McCarville has removed himself from the case because he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Webster County attorney’s position.

“I’m out because it probably makes clients uneasy having someone running for county attorney representing them,” he said Friday afternoon.